A few weeks ago, I put my notice in at work with no set plans, no confirmed next step. I just knew that it was no longer my place. That night, I received affirmation by way of fortune cookie: Some thoughts: I realize how many of us end up in a trap. We have been […]Read more "Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop"
My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title (“Yes, Read the Comments Section”) might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At […]Read more "Yes, Read the Comments Section"
It’s quiet. Eerily quiet.
Returning home after a long stretch of touring is a strange sensation.Read more "Ready. Set. Stop."
Last month, I had the honor and privilege of being the keynote speaker for Portland State University’s 2016 Multicultural Graduation. The video of the speech can be found above. Here’s the original text: It’s a great honor to be speaking with you – not only because I’m addressing a graduating class that has the potential […]Read more "Portland State University Multicultural Graduation Keynote (Video & Text)"
Today, I participated in a panel from City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum on how social media affects elections in Oregon. I was honored to join a distinguished group of experts, each with a unique perspective into the role that new media plays with social change. Below is the Storify recap of social media posts […]Read more "How Social Media Affects Elections"
In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that “seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” It’s called Whiteness History Month. And it has received equal parts scorn as well as praise. It should be noted that the endeavor itself isn’t “White […]Read more "What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us"
My newest TEDx talk, Losing the Line Between Art and Activism, is now available to watch: I was fighting a cold/jet lag that day so I hope you’ll pardon some of the coughing 🙂 This talk was probably one of the most transparent and vulnerable moments that I’ve had on the TEDx stage. I talk […]Read more "Losing the Line Between Art and Activism"